The Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator has been approved by the FDA for purchase without a prescription. However, this only applies to personal home use. If used in the public setting (Church, business, etc.) the owners/users are subject to the statutes and guidelines of the California Health and Safety Code, the California Code of Regulations and Ventura County EMS Agency Policy and Procedure Guidelines.
Authority: California Health and Safety Code Sections 1797.5, 1797.107, 1797.190 and 1797.196; California Code of Regulations Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 1.8 Sections 100031 through 100042; VCEMS Policy 1301
Lay Rescuer Automated External Defibrillation (AED), is the second component of the County's AED program, and an important step towards improving the survivability of cardiac arrest victims in other facilities within Ventura County.
A combination of early access, early CPR, early defibrillation and early advance care can save as a many as one-third to one-half of sudden cardiac arrest victims in treatable heart rhythms.
The shorter the time from collapse to defibrillation, the better the chances of survival.
The new AEDs are safe, effective, lightweight, low maintenance, and easy to use.
Training takes two to four hours and established training programs are available.
We encourage any organization to consider becoming an AED provider. The following documents and forms will help you develop and implement an AED program. (These documents are available in PDF (Portable Document Format) and require Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view and print.)
- Application to become an AED Provider in Ventura County
- AED Report of Use Mar 2010
- Notice of New Automatic External Defibrillator Program
- EMS AED Provider Standard Policy
- California State AED use Statutes and Regulations
- AED Vendor List
- AED Training Providers
- Sample AED Standard Operating Procedures
- Frequently Asked Questions about AEDs
The State of California Code of Regulations
Title 22. Social Security
Division 9. Prehospital Emergency Medical Services
Chapter 1.8. Training Standards and Utilization for Use of the Automated External Defibrillator by Non-Licensed or Non-Certified Personnel
As Modified February 2003 specifies in Article 4. Operational AED Service Provider/Vendor Requirements
§100042. Operational Requirements. (a) An AED Service Provider shall ensure their internal AED programs include all of the following: (2) Notification of the local EMS agency of the existence, location and type of AED at the time it is acquired.